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The mission of the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls (National Council) is to end the incarceration of women and girls. We do this by providing a membership platform of technical support, complex coalition building, and comprehensive resources that assist local initiatives to organize toward our shared goal of shifting from a criminal legal system to one based on human justice. Through the work of the National Council, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and girls are connecting their criminal justice transformation work and sharing their expertise as directly affected women and girls. In the aggregate, as we grow in our membership, sisterhood, and common purpose, we contribute to meaningful change in public opinion and policy making that moves us toward our goal of ending incarceration of women and girls.

The 1st Annual FreeHer National Conference is a professional conference focused on incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and girls and transformation from a criminal legal system to community-led solutions. Participants represent a diverse array of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and girls, family members of incarcerated people, advocates, community organizers, practitioners, state administrators, policymakers, program directors, researchers, lawyers, judges, treatment providers, parole, probation, federal, state, and local jail and prison administrators, staff, professors, and students. Click here to register for the conference.

Request for Proposals

The FreeHer National Conference will feature 45 to 90-minute workshops. We are interested in proposals on a variety of issues related to incarceration of women and girls on topics including but not limited to:

  • Alternatives to Incarceration
  • Bail Reform
  • Barriers to Re-Entry
  • Clemency/Compassionate Release/Pardon
  • Closing Jails/Prisons
  • Collateral Consequences
  • Court Fees-Fines
  • Employment
  • Ending Violence
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Fair Wages
  • Families
  • Housing/Halfway Houses
  • Innovation
  • Know your D.A.
  • Legislation
  • Litigation
  • Organizing
  • Parole/Probation
  • Peer Support
  • Shifting
  • Solitary Confinement
  • Storytelling/Raising Awareness
  • Supervised Release
  • Transformative Justice
  • Trauma Informed Care – Self Care – Healing

Please include in your proposal: 1) the materials you will need for your workshop (e.g. projector, paper, markers, etc.), and 2) whether you would like to do a 45-minute, 60-minute, or 90-minute workshop.

To submit a proposal, please fill out this form by August 15, 2018.

Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or comments at:


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